Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wednesday PA Environment & Energy NewsClips 4.20.22

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House returns to session April 25, 26, 27

     -- Committee Schedule

Senate returns to session May 23, 24, 25

     -- Committee Schedule

TODAY’s Calendar Of Events


TODAY 11:30: DEP To Announce 2022 Environmental Education Grants at Kulpmont Veterans Memorial Park, Kulpmont, Northumberland County.


THURSDAY 10:00: Agenda Posted. DCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council meeting. Technology Center, Room 243, 200 Innovation Blvd. in State College. 10:00 a.m.  Remote access by dial in to: 267-332-8737. Conference ID: 910 985 838#.  Contact: Adam Walters, or call 717-214-6548.  Click Here for more on the agenda, available handouts.


-- UPDATED With Agenda/Location/Remote AccessDCED PA Grade Crude [Oil] Development Advisory Council Meets April 21 On Conventional Drilling Issues  [PaEN]


-- DEP Update On United Refining Company Naphtha Storage Tank Roof Failure In Warren  [PaEN]


-- U.S. Dept. Of Energy Soliciting Proposals For $84 Million Program To Demonstrate Enhanced Geothermal Energy Systems; PA Opportunity With Mine Water  [PaEN]

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: Invest In Our Clean Energy Future - PennEnvironment


-- Bay Journal: EPA Says PA’s Plan To Clean Up Its Portion Of Chesapeake Bay Watershed Still Comes Up Short - By Karl Blankenship


-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: EPA Is Coming For PA Over Lagging Returns In Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts


-- PA Capital-Star: EPA Pans PA’s Latest Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan


-- Lancaster Farming: EPA Steps Up Inspections Of PA Farms Because State Falls Short On Chesapeake Bay Commitments


-- Westmoreland Conservation District April 20 After The Storms - Virtual Homeowner Driveway Program Webinar, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


-- Citizens Voice: Help Available For Those Behind On Flood Levee Fee Bills


-- Warren Times: Warren County To Take Part In Weather Siren Tests Today


-- WHYY: PECO To Add 1,550 Trees To Philadelphia’s Urban Canopy


-- DEP Announces 2022 Black Fly Control Season


-- DEP Took Action On 848 Permits, 97% Within Permit Decision Guarantee Deadlines; Conducted 1,350 Inspections; Responded To 2 Environmental Emergencies Last Week


-- PennLive: Three Mile Island Documentary Coming To Netflix In May


-- TribLive Guest Essay: [Pittsburgh] Mayor Gainey, Please Focus On Environmental Justice - Winchester Thurston School Students


-- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful: Communities Celebrate Earth Day By Joining Pick Up Pennsylvania  [PaEN]


-- PA Resources Council Hosts Household Chemical Collection Events In Allegheny, Cambria Counties During May  [PaEN]


-- The Allegheny Front: Repelled By Trash, They Rappelled To Pick It Up At Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington Landmark


-- TribLive: Westmoreland Recycler Salvages Old Electronics; Donates Laptops To Shelter


-- MCall: Earth Day: Your Guide To Events, Cleanups In Lehigh Valley Area


-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: Lancaster County Farm Kills 1.4 Million Birds In Effort To Protect Others From Avian Flu Outbreak


-- Quaker Houghton Releases 2021 Sustainability Report


-- LancasterOnline -  Erin Negley: Ramps: How To Cook, Preserve, Grow, Harvest


-- TribLive: Native Plant Sales At Penguin Court, Compass Inn Feature Pollinator-Friendly Species In Westmoreland


-- PA Environmental Council Now Accepting Applications For 2022 Water Trail Mini Grants  [PaEN]


-- Altoona Mirror: Residents Pack Meeting To Hear Plans For Regional ATV Trail System


-- Scranton Times: Hummingbirds On Their Way Back To Northeast PA


-- LancasterOnline - Sean Sauro: Backyard Bird Feeders Can Stay Up Despite Avian Flu


-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's Benefit For Birds In-Person Gala, Online Auction May 12  [PaEN]


-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary To Host In-Person Spring Document Series 3 Saturdays Starting April 23

True Energy Independence Means Renewables

[European Energy Plans Call For Accelerating Renewables, Reducing All Natural Gas Use]

-- Reuters: European Commission Analyzing Higher 45% Renewable Energy Target For 2030 

-- Bloomberg: U.S. Natural Gas Is On A Path To ‘Crazy Prices’ With No Relief In Sight  

“Higher production could provide some price relief, but so far the industry has held back after a decade of overspending sapped profits. Even if they did want to pump more, producers would face rising costs, labor shortages and limited pipeline capacity in gas-rich areas including Appalachia.”

-- Reuters: Analysis: As Germany Joins LNG Import Race, A Long And Crowded Track Awaits 

-- NPR: To Fight Climate Change, And Now Russia, Zurich Turns Off [All] Natural Gas

-- Reuters: U.S. Refiners Receiving Last Russian Oil Cargoes Before Wind-Down

-- Financial Times: Why Germany Is Resisting Calls To Ease Energy Crunch By Restarting Nuclear Power

-- Reuters: Shell Aims To Hit Carbon Reduction Goals Regardless Of Others

American Rescue Plan Funding


-- $11 Billion In Federal American Rescue Plan Funding To PA State Government, Local Governments Has Yet To Be Invested.  What’s Your Community Doing?


Other States/National/International

-- AP: Biden Administration Restores Environmental Reviews For Major Infrastructure Projects

-- Utility Dive: SolarAPP+ Automated Solar Permitting Program Sees 31 MW Approved In First Year Of Operation

-- VOX: Geothermal Energy May Be Buried At The Bottom Of Abandoned Oil Wells

-- Reuters: Exxon Sees Carbon Capture Market At $4 Trillion By 2050

-- PA Capital-Star: Analysis: Some Cities, States Say Big Oil Should Pay For Climate Change

-- WPost: Biden’s Urgent Moves On Gasoline Prices Collide With Lofty Climate Goals

-- NYT Guest Essay: Enough About Climate Change, Air Pollution Is Killing Us Now

PA Politics - Everything Is Connected

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Popular Bills Get Stuck In Legislature Because Rules Concentrate Power In Hands Of A Few

-- City & State PA: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sen. Mastriano Releases Goals For First 100 Days In Office

-- Erie Times: Spurred By Ex-President, Republican Sen. Corman Wants ‘To Give Power Back To The People’

-- Inquirer: 4 Takeaways From Republican Candidates’ Debate For Governor

-- PA Capital-Star: 5 Republican Governor Hopefuls, Minus Front Runners, Debate Transportation Funding, Election Law

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Republican Gubernatorial Hopefuls Argue On Issues, Criticizing Those Who Skipped Debate

-- Bloomberg: Republican Candidate McCormick Gets Flood Of Goldman Sachs Cash In PA U.S. Senate Race

-- Inquirer: John Fetterman’s Fan Could Make Him A U.S. Senator

-- Inquirer: Dr. Oz Changed Positions On Abortion, Guns, More As He Runs For U.S. Senate

-- MCall - Paul Muschick: Why I Rejoined The Republican Party, If Only Temporarily [To Vote In The Primary]

-- Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s State Lawmakers Want Action On Gun Control, Airbnb

-- Courier Times Guest Essay: Second Chances For Ex-Offenders Can Redeem Lives And Strengthen PA - PA First Lady Frances Wolf

-- MCall Guest Essay: Why We Should Regulate, Tax Skill Games In PA - Sen. Yaw

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Keep State Lottery Transparent

-- TribLive Editorial: As Mask Mandates Lift, We Should Respect Others’ Decisions

-- TribLive: UPMC Disputes Report Challengings Its Community Benefit Investments

-- York Daily Record: School Satan Club Denied By Northern York School Board

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[Posted: April 20, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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